Open Homes | Natural Gourmet Institute

The Natural Gourmet Institute’s health-supportive, plant-based career curriculum is now exclusively offered at the Institute of Culinary Education. Learn more about career training in Health-Supportive Culinary Arts at the new Natural Gourmet Center at ICE. Click here

Recreational classes, certificate programs, and Friday Night Dinners will continue through March 2019 at NGI’s Flatiron location. We have a lot of exciting programs scheduled, which are sure to sell out! We look forward to having the NGI community be a part of the final programs on 21st Street.

Open Homes

Curated dinner and conversation in listed residencies in NYC

In this first-of-its-kind dinner series, Natural Gourmet Institute and SecondHouse offer guests a glimpse into homes of the emerging wellness real estate market, while engaging in meaningful conversations and enjoying thoughtful food prepared by health-focused chefs.

Led by host Janera Soerel, SecondHouse Founder and licensed real estate agent at Brown Harris Stevens, and her experts, discussions will highlight ways to improve physical, environmental, spiritual, and mental wellbeing by exploring human connections to natural, social, and built environments.

Special Guests

Dr. Robert Graham

Dr. Robert Graham MD, MPH, ABOIM, FACP

FRESH Med, Physiologic

Harvard-trained Physician, Board Certified in Internal and Integrative Medicine

Robert E. Graham, MD, MPH, ABOIM, FACP is a Harvard trained physician, Board Certified in both Internal and Integrative Medicine and a chef in-training. Dr. Graham has prescribed “food as medicine” for over 10 years, has taught over 500 healthcare workers, mostly doctors, how to cook whole food plant-based meals at The Natural Gourmet Institute, created the first edible rooftop garden on a hospital in NYC and is co-founder of FRESH Med NYC, an integrative health and wellness center at Physiologic in Brooklyn.

Jonathan Cetnarski

Jonathan Cetnarski

President and CEO | Natural Gourmet Institute

Transformational executive aiming to redefine the culinary school experience

Hailing from Connecticut, Jonathan is passionate about ensuring food security for a growing global population and advocates for the return of traditional foodways, sustainable farming practices, and humane treatment of animals and food producers. Jonathan is committed to providing all students with an optimal learning experience and helping them enter the food industry with NGI’s high standard of health-focused cooking at the core of their culinary perspectives.

Carolina Santos-Neves

Chef Carolina Santos-Neves

Call Me Caro

Brazilian-American chef, food writer, and co-founder of Comodo and Colonia Verde in NY

After earning a B.A. in post-1800s European history from Brown University, Carolina worked as an editor at Epicurious and completed her chef’s training at Natural Gourmet Institute. Whether at a Latin-influenced pop-up on a ship with 3,000 Summit at Sea guests or a James Beard Foundation dinner for the Women’s Entrepreneurial Leadership Program, Carolina aims to create conversation around the table and inspire guests to act beyond that moment. Her latest venture has been creating community using food as a language through experiential projects + collaborations under her brand, “Call Me Caro.”

Partners & Sponsors

Special thanks to our partners and sponsors: